Luis Enrique’s plans for the visit of Manchester City next week have been hit by a Nou Camp mole.
The Barcelona coach is furious that tactics for Barca’s last Champions League meeting against Borussia Monchengladbach were pasted all over the daily papers after the game and is worried the next step from there is that plans are leaked before a match.
Spanish moles are nothing new. Jose Mourinho complained of one at the Santiago Bernabeu during his turbulent three years spell there and now the Barca coach is being forced to hunt down the person threatening confidentiality at the club.
Club insiders say the troubled boss called every single member of his backroom staff into a meeting during the international break urging them to ‘out’ the mole but as yet no one was has owned up or been outed.
Problems came to a head when Barcelona-based paper El Mundo Deportivo got hold of copies of detailed plans as to how Barca were planning to attack Gladbach from set plays and how they planned to defend against them.
Loose lips sink Champions League ships and Luis Enrique wants to find his mole and sack him before the visit of Manchester City next Wednesday.
Barca fell behind in the game but staged a comeback and finished up winning the game. They would not have done so without some set-piece magic from Gerard Pique who turned in a Neymar corner that had been pulled back to Luis Suarez on the edge of the area. His shot was spilled and Pique scored from close range.
Enrique is adamant that that goal would not have been scored if his pre-match analysis of the opponents – shared only with his own technical staff – had been leaked.